Billy Graham and Evolution

Startling statement from the world’s most famous evangelist.

Mr. Graham is not an authority on science, but he is open-minded enough to leave the door open to God creating humankind by evolution:

I think we have misinterpreted the Scriptures many times, and we’ve tried to make the Scriptures say things that they weren’t meant to say, and I think we have made a mistake thinking the Bible is a scientific book. The Bible is not a book of science. The Bible is a book of redemption, and of course, I accept the Creation story. I believe that God did create the universe. I believe he created man, and whether it came by an evolutionary process and at a certain point he took this person or being and made him a living soul or does not change the fact that God created man … Whichever way God did it makes no difference as to what man is and man’s relationship to God (emphasis original, quoted in Lamoureux p. 112, originally printed in Billy Graham: Personal Thoughts of a Public Man, 1997, p. 72-74).

He emphatically states that the Bible is not a book of science, but a book of redemption. God endowed humankind with a soul either gradually or not, but he is a living soul that can relate to God.

That is not something one hears in Sunday school or church, every Sunday.

That took courage, and I admire him for it.

How does this post help me grow in my knowledge of God?

I like to keep an open mind about the first eleven chapters of Genesis. It is clear that the biblical authors had a scientifically limited point of view because they lived in their own times. God inspired them, true, but they were not androids; they wrote from what they knew. It is unfair to impose on them a ton of demands when their knowledge could carry only fifty pounds.


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1. Genesis 1-11 in Its Ancient Religious Environment

2. Reading Genesis 1 as Originally Intended

3. Adam and Evolution: Five Options

4. Save Our Ship! Rescuing Noah’s Ark from Flood of Science

5. The Real Significance of Genealogies in Genesis 5-11

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